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» The fashionable marriage ooreraeny of the future takes place beneath the greenwood tree. No more of stained glass and subdued lights, of pealiDg organ and satin tr&ios, of Deflowered ohanoel rail and satin ribbons aocoas the centre isle, of stately ushers and conventional bridesmaids The belle of the season takes her true love by the ungloved hand, and walks beside him, olad m her Dlreotolre gown and bonnet, preceded by a train of maidens io India muslins, . with short waists and straight slim skirts, laden with posies And standing on the sward beneath the lordly elm, or far down the "oatLedral arches of the woods," phe promises to love, to honor, and to obey. Very pretty is li not ? Very pretty and pfolureeque if noi BO solemn &b the ohuroh affair. And hore is a description of the wedding of d fashionable girl, which oomos to us from New York : — " I went to aa ideal wedding just out of TarrjtoTD, where the prettiest girl I ever saw took her vows of allegiance* to the man of her ohoioe m the mO3t picturesque manner conceivable. The bridal party arrived at the lovely country place of the bride's father the day brfore the ceremony, and the wefidlng o*me off precisely athighnoon of a perfeot, cloudless d&y. The place Itee'f is like a lit of fairy land — a house of rough white etone, set m a tangle of green, surrounded by a really English park, on a comparatively small eoale, with voivefc lawna, broad drives, and winding walks and immense old trets on every side Under one of thoce monarchs m the centre lawn the mirriaga took place. In every arch of the vine-covered porch, and swinging from the trees on either side of the avenue were huge wedding bells of white fbwers, connected by a ohain of roses, pink and white. All the roaea of Jan? Btemed blooming there In mid air on s way invines of gveou. The wedding part stepped from the wida ball to the great poroh. down the steps and aoto<d tho lawn to the shelter of the tree where the priest awaited them, and a ohorua of boys' voioes, bidden m some leafy arbor, rose oa tho air clear, shrilly sweet, as only boy's voices can be. The brtde wore the fashionable Direc'oira coatoma, particularly booming to her perfect figure. Sne h\n a mass of gold bronz> hair v and a wild rose complex on, exquisite features and an irre pmaohabla stye. The gown was of white faille Francuise, and her lovely m<ok and arms gleamed ia the clear Bun'ight as white as tne fino lace about thorn. Her dress was perfect m every detail, from tho picturesque bonnet to the heollesß eatiu Blippers on the slim aud deinty feet Her bonquet of white roses was tied witi i broad Batin ribbona. and the gr-en roso leaves and theTovely roses m her own Boft cheeks supplied the only touch of color m the charming picture ehe made. Twelve maids, m Directoire costumes of white embroidered India muslio, fun as the air, with sashes of buttercup yellow, carried funny -little Indian baskets of yellow straw, out of which grtat yollow roees were tumbling, and a huge cushion of white roses wan placed before the priest, on which the happy pair knelt to receive the blessing. I must say the groom — handsome fellow though he was— -lookud decidedly ugly and modern m the midst of this bouquet of pretty, quaintly-dressed girls, but his expression of raptnre, perfect and complete, would have gone far toward redeeming any costume."

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OUT-OF-DOOR WEDDINGS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1982, 29 October 1888

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OUT-OF-DOOR WEDDINGS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1982, 29 October 1888